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Orlando pulls out of NWSL Challenge Cup after positive COVID-19 tests

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ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 05: Orlando players huddle during the soccer match between the Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride on October 5, 2019, at Exploria Stadium in Orlando FL. (Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The Orlando Pride are pulling out of the NWSL Challenge Cup in Utah “due to positive COVID-19 tests amongst players and staff.”

The players and staff will go into isolation for 14 days, the club announced.

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The Athletic’s Meg Linehan reports that “multiple players visited a bar in Orlando that prompted additional testing,” leading to the positive tests.

The tournament will go on as an 8-team event since no Pride players had been exposed to players at other clubs.

Without Orlando, the tournament will be without notable names like Emily van Egmond, Ali Krieger, Marta, Ashlyn Harris, and Sydney Leroux. Alex Morgan is on the Pride and gave birth to a baby in May.

The NWSL Challenge Cup is set to make the NWSL the first American pro sports league to return to the pitch after the start of the coronavirus pandemic.